The May 15 issue of the Wall Street Journal featured a story about the U.S. birthrate dropping to 1.7 children per woman. This is the current endpoint from a steady decline in birth rates since the peak baby boom years around 1960. It is a new low. Our country has tended to bounce around 2.1…

To Ben Fliehman of Auburn, who was chosen the 2019 Indiana Haggar Hall of Fame Dad. Fliehman, 24, an Auburn firefighter, was nominated by his wife, Maci, in a national contest sponsored by Haggar Clothing Co.

With the mid-year point rapidly approaching, I like to review my 2019 forecast and evaluate what I got wrong and what I got really wrong. Of course, all forecasts are wrong, but some are more useful than others. So far, it looks like I have been off just a little through 2019.

To Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, which arranged for more than 80 military veterans on its May flight to Washington, D.C., to watch as Auburn native Chandler Nan received her promotion to first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Nan has worked as a frequent volunteer for Honor Flight Northea…

Gerrymandering has always been part of American politics. After all, the term was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts governor and Founding Father Elbridge Gerry endorsed a state senate district that resembled a salamander.

Behind the scenes, John Urschel, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, had another life. His secretive obsession was kept under wraps from his teammates. Most of them, he thought, would not understand or approve. This affection was overwhelming his thoughts and turning his motivatio…

The DeKalb County Historical Society planned a Native American Day in Auburn’s Eckhart City Park. The daylong activities included demonstrations by silversmiths, a blacksmith and flintnapper, among others. Storyteller Lou Ann Homan entertained, and attendees viewed Native American arts and c…

Families organize themselves in many different ways, undertaking complex lifetime earnings and production decisions in ways that seem mysterious to even close observers. These decisions include where to live, how to work and vacation, when to retire and what to buy across a huge spectrum of items.

The research center where I work just released a study on immigration in Indiana. Sociologist Emily Wornell was the lead author of a work that most Hoosiers will find interesting. Part of the study reported surprising data, but there was also some analysis that should clarify many misunderst…